travel

And the journey goes on..

Journeys are a way of life. We wade through life looking for a purpose,seeking one milestone after another, looking for destinations but realizing that very often than not,there is no end to a journey. Home is really a state of mind then. For a vagabond like me , my alter ego lies in a spirit that is lost in the hills, running down the plains, getting her feet soaked in waters and reliving the past in a monument.

In the last two months and ten days, I have travelled to various heights and depths. I went to the Himalayas – Ladakh and Himachal, crossed cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, gazed at the Taj Mahal and lost myself in Fatehpur Sikri .Then I went closer home near Bangalore to the jungles and hills in Kabini and Coorg My last trip this weekend was to Daroji and Hampi, where I had the best of both worlds-nature and heritage..

Im often asked why do I travel ? Am I an escapist,shunning civilisation ? Do I want to run away from the ” real” life and holiday all my life ? Or is it a way to forget myself..Even worse, people today consider travel as badge value and an addiction. For many, travel is all about Lonely Planet, must see places and a photograph as a souvenir behind a monument..a proof of been there , done that !Ive been through all of these stages and more..

To begin with my journeys have been more ” real” than an escape and in the last two months specifically, they have shown me the path more than once . Its more of a self discovery, where the choices and dilemmas in life become more obvious and yet, I have let life take its own path, like the meandering road .When in doubt, my motto has been look for the road not taken.

Ive learnt some of life’s hardest lessons while travelling. It is not about managing the extremes of weather or pushing oneself to climb another rock, but its about human relationships. Ive made friends, lost friends, been touched by a stranger and been hurt by companions..and yet as emotions come and go, you learn that be it the mountains or the monuments, they have withstood ego and passions. You learn to let go as you realize that human nature is extremely frail..you are just a microcosm in the entire universe and strangers will replace friends who in turn become strangers. All roads may not meet all the time, sometimes as friends you take different paths, sometimes you choose to avoid the other’s path, at other times, you just turn around and take a different direction, but you need to walk on..till you meet another human face at the end of the road.

Ive often lost myself in the past – in a world of myths and monuments. Ive unearthed tales and they have brought out the child in me looking for stories in every stone. But as I look at these mighty structures withstanding the ravages of time, I feel humbled and yet a strange sense of belonging, a connection that probably is deep rooted. The silence tells me that Im part of the “past” as well. The present is however where I belong and the future is a question of time.

Travelling has taught me to appreciate the finer nuances of nature. You may argue that a sunset is a sunset and the same butterfly flits in and out of the flower in your balcony. However, it is only after you see the crimson reflection in the far away waters and the wild flowers in the jungle that you learn to appreciate these finer points of life.On another note,it is perfectly fine if you cant scale the mountain or go deep into the forest or climb that craggy cliffs.In real, you dont have to travel far to reach out to the nature..sometimes it is just a few steps from where you stand, but a lot of miles in your mind, as you go through the various mazes of thoughts to arrive here.

Travelling Ive realized is all about perspectives. It is about looking at life with a different point of view. Sometimes you see a kaleidescope of colours, many times its a monotone of browns . The barrenness hits you, the fertile greens lure you, the blues become you..but you learn to appreciate each for its uniqueness. The various cultures fascinate me, but you realize that its not possible to trade lives. For many, a shepherd’s life seems to be ideal as the urbanite often thinks the life of a rustic is simple yet fascinating..yet, their challenges are something that we need to grapple with.

Finally travelling is not always about must see places..its about what you want to see.

Ive just finished my 200th post here and its a mere statistic compared to the miles you have all travelled with me..Thanks for being there, walking with me, standing right behind me and sometimes even showing me the way. To me however there is no destination -its just the journey

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38 comments

  1. Fida 10 November, 2009 at 02:52 Reply

    You said it so beautifully what traveling really means for us ‘on the loose’. Maybe we can let go much better than the once who stay put and keep dreaming?

    Congrats to your 200th post. I yet have to travel far to reach that point 😉

  2. Vijay 10 November, 2009 at 07:37 Reply

    Great work Lakshmi. you are getting more and more philosophical – we want to see the unplugged version of you more !! those candid moments – strangers caught on camera / not posing etc.

    vj

  3. Ugich Konitari 10 November, 2009 at 08:59 Reply

    Lakshmi,

    Coming back here after a long time to post, though I have lurked frequently.

    Just want to say that this post really sums up what life is all about or should be. The journey through the ups and downs, black, white and color, and a sense of gratitude for what nature presents to you in all her simple glory.

    Everyone’s destination is the same. You know how to savour the journey….

    Congratulations on the 200th post..

  4. Anu 10 November, 2009 at 09:17 Reply

    This was just great,Lakshmi! and a wonderful way to celebrate your 200th post… Looking forward to travelling many more miles with you!

  5. Aaarti 10 November, 2009 at 10:38 Reply

    Absolutly loved every word in the 1st para.. could so relate to it..

    Beautifully written… straight from within.

    Here’s to many more such journeys!!

  6. Vamsee Modugula 10 November, 2009 at 10:53 Reply

    Lakshmi,
    Yesterday I left a comment saying that I missed your writing and here you are, back with a bang.

    This is a beautifully written post. I share a lot of the same things that you mention here.

  7. Sathyaraj 10 November, 2009 at 11:48 Reply

    Hi lakshmi, its a very beautiful post and sums up what i have also thought about travelling but could not come to express it…

    Keep travelling and keep writing…
    Sathya

  8. Nithyanand 10 November, 2009 at 13:58 Reply

    “..strangers will replace friends who in turn become strangers..”

    I think all of us can identify with that…the part about human relationships. It’s a human universal. Wonderful way to write your 200th post! May there be many,many more..

    P.S.–Have you ever thought about writing a book?

  9. vacation deals 10 November, 2009 at 14:51 Reply

    you’re right..
    it’s not how we see the different places but it’s how what we experienced, encountered and learned from that certain place. we know for a fact that the people living in the place we visited had a great impact also in our stay for that certain place.

  10. mannab 10 November, 2009 at 20:25 Reply

    Congratulations for achieving 200th post! I have just glanced thru’ your post and am curious to know your background and your journey so far, in brief. You may advise me to read some of your posts for the same. Regards.
    Mangesh Nabar

  11. Jeevan 12 November, 2009 at 14:50 Reply

    I see the reflections of my mind through this post! You have said beautifully about the traveling and I always loved to be a traveler, because he has no destination and has a lot to experience and observe. I feel traveling expands my world

    Yes, the stories are something strange and everyone has a story to say to turn our traveling interesting. My wishes on the 200th post! 🙂

  12. GMG 12 November, 2009 at 15:37 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! Great post!! Surely the most important is the «travel» rather than the «destination»; and travel, as you see it, is an incredible source of learning, I’m mean, of living…

    Blogtrotter finished Turkey 2008 and is back to a gem in Iberia. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

  13. Priyank 13 November, 2009 at 07:48 Reply

    Awesome Lakshmi, heartiest congratulations! I’m very happy to see your 200th post: I’ve been following you for a while and I still love every post here. cheers!

  14. Composed Volcano 14 November, 2009 at 20:26 Reply

    hi Lakshmi… I am one of your subscribers..and simply love your posts.

    I am a travel freak myself.. me along with my husband have just come back spending 102 days in Europe…and just as you said…its not about following lonely planets but seeing what you want…and thats what we did..and so much fun it was..meeting new people, making friends, learning a different culture… I so much relate to you!

    My heartiest congratulations on your 200th post…

    I have my travel diary on http://www.composedvolcano.com…if you so wish, i would love to have u as my guest blogger! let me know!

    cheers!

  15. dharmabum 18 November, 2009 at 13:05 Reply

    i’ve always maintained that you are blessed that you get to travel so much. and a post of travel, coming from you, couldn’t be more authentic. i’m touched by this post. keep going, and god luck 🙂

  16. indicaspecies 21 November, 2009 at 00:34 Reply

    I like this post, and it echoes some of my thoughts too.

    I too have got into an introspective mood these days, and been travelling more than writing or sharing. This may continue for a while….till I settle down again.

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